6 Top Tips on Effective Ebook Cover Design
An ebook cover has an important job to do. Apart from grabbing a potential buyer’s attention, it should show that you are a professional writer capable of producing high quality work. Your ebook cover can (and does) influence your customer’s buying decision so you want to get the design just right. That’s where the professionals come in. But if you’re going to try to create your own ebook cover design, then here is our cover designer, Bronwyn’s top tips.
First and formost your cover design must catch the reader’s attention. This means an eye-catching image that portrays the type of book you’ve written. Choose your imagery carefully. Sites such as Flickr.com, iStockPhoto and Shutterstock are good places to go for good quality images. Look at other published ebooks in your genre for clues as to what works and what doesn’t. Make sure you image will look good as a thumbnail too, as this is how readers will first see it.
Try to make your cover design as professional as possible. This helps to build your credibility as a writer and says a lot about the quality of your work. A poorly designed cover will be interpretted as a poorly written book, even if it isn’t.
Your cover design must look good full size (according to your publishing platform’s style guide) as well as thumbnail size. Since you’re most likely going to be listing your book on platforms such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel and the iBookstore, the first time readers will see your cover will be as a small icon or thumbnail.
Your title and author name should be easy to read so choose fonts that are clear and visible. Don’t use too many different fonts or contrasting colours. Keep your colour palette simple, the effect is easier on the eye.
Your cover design should be genre appropriate. Study cover designs in your genre to get an idea of what is required. You don’t want to confuse your reader. Some images, fonts and color schemes equate better to certain genres, so make sure you choose carefully.
Pay attention to the publisher’s style guides. Amazon Kindle, Nook and iBookstore all have specific requirements for their cover art, so be sure to read them thoroughly.
To find out more about MarketingForRomanceWriters.com’s affordable design services, visit our page.
- MFRW Cover Design Services
- Top Tips for Creating Your Romance Novel Cover
- Other self-publishing posts
- Marketing for Romance Writers Cover Designs by Bronwyn.